news.asiaone.com - By Gan Tian
Beijing, China - Wherever he goes traveling in China, he has trouble checking into a hotel.
The receptionists will always question him for a long time and then check with the manager if it is OK for him to stay in the hotel.
The problem? His identity card shows he's male, but he dresses like a woman.
life.globaltimes.cn - By Wen Ya
A transvestite, or weiniang, refers to a man who dresses like a woman and who prides himself on looking beautiful and sexy.
An online "weiniang" forum has now appeared on baidu.com, China's leading search engine, with over 4,200 registered members by Wednesday.
The forum features a guide including the definition of a weiniang and how to become one.
kuwaittimes.net - By Hassan A. Bari, Staff Writer
The term 'transsexual' (third gender or she-male as they are locally known) is often mistaken for homosexuality in the Arab world and is considered highly sinful in Islam. This is why most Arab transsexuals, especially men, prefer keeping a low profile. In some Arab countries, they can face jail sentences for dressing or acting like the opposite sex. In some cases they can even be punished or killed by their families.
latimesblogs.latimes.com - Alexandra Sandels in Beirut
The threatening letters and phone calls at night trickled in at a steady pace. They had become a part of everyday life for Randa, an Algerian transsexual and one of the pioneers in the Arab world's gay and transsexual activist movement.
One letter dropped in Randa's mailbox said, "We will kill you." Another one read, "You are a threat to all Muslims in Algeria." In mosques around the country, Randa's name was being circulated. Still, she refused to be intimidated and shrugged off the threats.
Turkey's transsexuals popular on TV but not at home (Mar 25, 2010)
uk.reuters.com - By Simon Akam
Istanbul (Reuters Life!) - Singer Bulent Ersoy is renowned for her elaborate wardrobe, formidable decolletage, countless albums, a stint on Turkey's most popular TV talent show and a spin-off film career. She was also born a man.
The trans... [more]
The story of a marginalized group (Mar 9, 2010)
thejakartapost.com - Hotli Simanjuntak - The Jakarta Post
A fairly large part of Aceh society feels ill-at-ease with the presence of transvestites. Religious circles even link them to the fable of Sodom and Gomorrah, a biblical story about the destruction of the towns because of their... [more]
India's 'third sex' win a measure of public acceptance (Feb 20, 2010)
independent.co.uk - By Rachel Shields
Miss Mumbai has big brown eyes, long lustrous hair, and an unusually strong jaw. Her lips are stained with a dark red lipstick, her gaze frequently drifts to her reflection, captured in a grubby mirror above the cracked sink. Like most beauty que... [more]
ipsnews.net - By Mario Osava
Rio De Janeiro (IPS) - Fatima Oliveira, one of Brazil's few black women doctors, always goes to "the best carnival," in Sabara, a city of 130,000 people in the state of Minas Gerais, where "men dress up as women" at a celebration that is "very informal, ve... [more]
TheJakartaGlobe.com - Nurfika Osman
Islam does not recognize transsexuals, much less a contest involving their community, the chief of the Indonesian Ulema Council said on Sunday.
"Our national law does not recognize the word transsexual or transgender. Islam only reco... [more]
A debate about fashion in Qatar: Cross about cross-dressing (Jan 28, 2010)
Is it a wicked Western habit that should be stopped?
Cross-Dressing is on the rise among young Qataris. The local press says that more tradition-minded locals are upset by the growing number of young women affecting a masculine style of dress, baggy trouse... [more]
Jakarta's Haven for an Excluded Community (Jan 13, 2010)
During the day it is a hairdresser's salon in Notoyudan, a suburb of Yogyakarta on Java island. But after dark, the mirrors are hidden behind embroidered drapes, rugs are spread over the carpet, and the walls are brightened up with velvet hangings and a poster of ... [more]
InventorSpot.com - by Steve Levenstein
At Hibari-kei, your maid just might be a master - actually they ALL are, since this unique floating Maid Cafe is the first in Japan to feature cross-dressing male maid servers.
Tokyo's Akihabara district is famed for its Maid Cafe... [more]
Karachi - a popular transvestite destination (Nov 18, 2009)
Karachi: Sindh being the most income-generating province, not only attracts the common people, but also encourages a large number of transvestites to rush in from different parts of the country.
"The population of Punjab is higher, so the transvestites... [more]
Kenya: Hardships Faced by Transsexual People (Nov 12, 2009)
AllAfrica.com - Audrey Mbugua
The term 'transgender people' refers to those who identify with a gender identity and role different from the one assigned by birth. Among transgender people is a group referred to as 'transsexual people' which consists of individuals suffering from sever... [more]
Pakistan: There Is Light Under The Lamp (Nov 12, 2009)
Scoop.co.nz - Press Release: Asian Human Rights Commission
When the petition for looking into the plight of Khawja Saras1 (transsexual / transvestite) was filed at the supreme court of Pakistan, and reported in some of the more sensational Urdu print media, it was seen as yet another ... [more]
Straight.com - By Jeremy Hainsworth
She's big, she's bold, and she may as well have brass balls. And you might as well get used to her because she isn't going away.
She is Jamie Lee Hamilton, the public face of Vancouver's transgender community.
Hamilton ... [more]
The dancing boys of Afghanistan (Sep 19, 2009)
Guardian.co.uk - Ghaith Abdul-Ahad - The Guardian
It was an ancient tradition banned by the Taliban but now it's back: Ghaith Abdul-Ahad reports from northern Afghanistan on the hiring out of young male dancers by older men
The night's rituals unfolded slowly. In a smal... [more]
Mareike's Glasses - A German view on Swedish style (Sep 3, 2009)
Oh boy it's a girl! Fashion and gender.
Gender roles are changing. Slowely but they do! In particular Sweden is known for shaking up traditional ideas of male and female behaviour. Here porn movies can be feminist and men wish to breastfeed their children.
Transsexuals in the Middle East Await the Wave of Change (Sep 2, 2009)
TheWIP.net - by Suad Hamada
Bahrain - Hell is what most Arabs think of when the word "transsexual" comes into any conversation since many mistake it with homosexuality, which is a sin in Islam. Most transsexuals prefer to remain anonymous since in some Arab countries they could face j... [more]
Will they learn to live and let live on the Lido? (Sep 1, 2009)
Independent.co.uk - Michael Day reports
No one in Lido di Classe can remember why transsexuals first chose to migrate to their town 20 years ago, but their nocturnal activities are starting to worry the village's increasingly elderly residents.
In the Stephen King chil... [more]